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CNN
Aug 4, 2009 4:00pm EDT
." >> thanks, rick. happening now, breaking news, north korea pardons two imprisoned american journalists after extraordinary intervention by former president bill clinton, taking his case directly to kim jong-il in north korea. the two women convicted of hostile acts and serving a 12-year sentence of hard labor. now we are learning new details about what the former president has to do and say to win their freedom and when they will be coming home. >>> wolf blitzer is off today. i'm suzanne malveaux in cnn's command center for breaking news, politics, extraordinary reports from around the world. you are in "the situation room." >>> we are following breaking news this hour t is a stunning turn of events in north korea where former president bill clinton made a surprise trip to win the freedom of two u.s. reporters. it was less than an hour ago that word came out his mission is a success. now, after direct talks with north korean leader kim jong-il, the two women have been pardon and we expect will be home soon. we are working all of these angles and story now. begin with our cnn white house corr
FOX News
Aug 4, 2009 3:00pm EDT
and our local station there in south florida as events warrant. first, though, north korea. former president clinton on a mission there to meet with the country's dear leader kim jong il. his immediate goal? the release of two american journalists sentenced 12 years with hard labor. breaking in just the past hour fox news confirmed that president clinton met with those two women. there is much more to this story, angled that could impact american diplomacy quite literally around the world. we'll cover it all today starting with the latest overseas. the former president flew into north korea earlier today. the visit was kept secret until he landed, and played down by the white house. then the big meeting with kim jong il. pictures released by north korea, i'm told. officially the white house says this is a private mission on president clinton's part. but keep in mind this is a former u.s. president talking to a rogue state that has recently tested nuclear weapons. and his wife just happens to be the scurnt secretary of state. -- current secretary of state. in other words, the line b
HLN
Aug 5, 2009 6:00am EDT
are expected back home in about an hour and a half. north korea pardoned laura ling and euna lee. clinton's mission did not include any nuclear talks. political analyst david gergen with our sister network cnn has more on that. >> reporter: in order to separate out the question over the release of these two women from the question of nuclear talks, the white house does not want to be seen in the position of -- we wanted -- in exchange for the women, we'll take a softer line on nuclear talks. we want to keep it separate. and i think they're doing it successfully. >> the reporters' families are saying they're counting the seconding until they can hold them in their arms again. they thank president clinton and the state department. laura ling's fiancee said yesterday it was one of the best days of his life. e-mail all excited. i'm all excited. i'm looking forward to seeing her. well, we waited for five months now. >> what are you going to tell your daut when you see her? >> i love you. yeah. give her a big hug. >> i cannot wait. it's been, you know, about 140 days. and so, you know, we are o
CBS
Aug 4, 2009 4:30am EDT
>>> surprise visit. former president clinton travels to north korea to try to win the release of two american journalists. >>> toyota toll. the world's largest automaker suffers its third straight quarterly loss. >>> and terror plot. an alleged plan to attack all australian military bases is foiled. >> the men's intention was to go to the barracks and kill as many soldiers as they could before they themselves were killed. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everyone. thanks for joining us. i'm ross palumbo in for michelle guillen. >>> former president bill clinton arrived in north korea this morning to try to secure the release of two american journalists held there since march. mr. clinton's unannounced trip comes amid growing tension over north korea's nuclear ambitions. tara mergener is live with the latest. >> reporter: former president clinton arrived in north korea oms i he is there with two major goals. he arrived in north korea on a mission. to bring two american journalists back home. >> it may be a face-saving measure by the north koreans, saying we need a hig
CBS
Aug 5, 2009 9:00am EDT
that carried former president clinton to north korea and bringing him back to the united states, on board with him the two freed american journalists euna lee and laura ling. these are pictures. these are live pictures. the jet just landed ten minutes ago and drove up to the hangar at the burbank airport which is known as the bob hope airport. with me, as we watched these pictures, is josh logan. he's a defense and foreign policy expert with cq politics.com and josh, your thoughts upon seeing this after these women were in captivity in north korea. >> first of all, we have to say this have a wonderful day for the family of the two american journalists who faced what we are sure harsh conditions in the north korean prison camp for months. months. the visit of president clinton to north korea is something the north koreans wanted for a long time. over a decade. so they were able to save face and at the same time the americans were able to secure the release of these women. >> reporter: as i say we are looking live at the burbank airport, the charter jet that brought president clinton back f
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 3:00pm EDT
to north korea north to secure the release either of remains in the past or of actual live detainees, hostages, however you want to term it. it appears it may have come from that. we still don't have the back story because the white house is being very mum about this. and they want to wait, i think, until, as robert emphasized today in the briefing. when president clinton is no longer in north korea, they will have something to say, so it does seem they want to wait until they have the two journalists in the former president's custody or whatever you want to call it. >> does that seem very likely, though, chuck? >> reporter: the history, yes, i think there seems to be some optimism on this front. as you can tell, while robert said very little at the briefing, he did say, look, they have always thought that the nuclear issue in trying to negotiate with the north koreans is totally separate from when there is a situation like this, when there is in this case two americans detained by the north korean government and that they believe the two issues are completely split. this is differen
NBC
Aug 5, 2009 9:00am EDT
members would be in north korea facing hard labor for 12 years. >> fortunately that is not going to be the case. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell, traveling with secretary of state hillary clinton, she is in nairobi, kenya, this morning where she spoke with secretary clinton. andrea, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning to you. the secretary very excited. she was deeply involved in these negotiations, as was her -- >> and we're back with more on this wednesday morning. all the people outside our studio windows are being treated to a gorgeous day here. third day in a row here in new york city. that's what summer's all about, finally feeling like summer. meanwhile, inside studio 1a i'm natalie morales. busy updating the first hour of our show. matt is off today and al is in los angeles. so who's on first? we're going to catch up with everybody in just a moment. still to come -- >> denuclearization. today we had an exclusive interview with secretary clinton this morning, as you know, for the "today" show, and what she said in that interview was tha
WHUT
Aug 5, 2009 6:30pm EDT
hard labour in north korea -- two american journalists grateful to their savior. >> when we walked through the door, we saw, standing before us, president bill clinton. [applause] >> he got what he wanted, but can he govern a divided nation? president ahmenijad is sworn in. throwing stones -- palestinians say they have been abused in custody of israeli soldiers. welcome. we are broadcast on pbs in america. coming up later for you -- an unlikely savior for the humble honeybee. in the last place you might think of. picture perfect pass. we take a look. -- picture-perfect pets. hello to you. after the surprise, tears, and algiers, the speculation. how will north korea's sudden release of two journalists at the behest of former president bill clinton affect the relationship of the two countries? laura ling and euna lee are now back in california. president clinton will be briefing president obama on his meeting with kim jong il. from washington, our correspondent. >> the plane touched down in california. [applause] the two journalists, laura ling and euna lee, rescued from the prospect
PBS
Aug 4, 2009 6:00pm EDT
. on the newshour this tuesday, the lead story: two american journalists pardoned in north korea after former president clinton pays a surprise visit-- jeffrey brown takes a look; president obama pressures democrats to back his agenda on health care and the economy; the latest on how the federal program to prevent home foreclosures is working; judy woodruff has an update on guantanamo; and a report from southeast asia on containing avian flu. major funding for the newshour with jim lehrer is provided by: >> what the world needs now is energy. the energy to get the economy humming again. the energy to tackle challenges like climate change. what if that energy came from an energy company? every day, chevron invests $62 million in people, in ideas-- seeking, teaching, building. fueling growth around the world to move us all ahead. this is the power of human energy. chevron. intel. supporting math and science education for tomorrow's innovators. and by the alfred p. sloan foundation. supporting science, technology, and improved economic performance and financial literacy in the 21st century. and
WHUT
Aug 4, 2009 11:00pm EDT
has gone to north korea, met with kim jong il and secured the release of two american journalists. we talk to joe cirincione and glen kessler. >> this was a high risk but potentially high-reward move on the part of two power players. one, of course, is president obama but the other is president bill clinton. there isn't another piece on the board that president obama could have deployed that matched the power and just attention grabbing of bill clinton it, of course, is about essentially the security and release of those two journalists but as green says it's potentially much more. >> most north korean experts would say this is part of the kind of play book north korea likes to do. you ratchet up the tensions, you find a face-saving way out. the real test will be how does the obama administration take advantage of this potential opportunity. and whether or not north korea is willing to engage in a substantive way that will actually lead to real progress. >> rose: and then the case of a "newsweek" reporter journalist who lives in iran and was covering the iranian elections when he was
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 4:00pm EDT
to north korea. we haven't had a former president there since 1994. jimmy carter went there. he also, bill clinton, happens to be married to the current secretary of state. this is very delicate at a time when u.s./north korean relations are in a bad spot right now, and they wanted to decouple that stuff over the nuclear issues that are still at issue with the humanitarian issue. so that's one part of this. i think that's why there's so much delicacy involved in this and a reluctance by the white house and other national security officials to comment on this at this stage. i think what they want is bill clinton to be up -- wheels up in that airplane from north korea with those two journalists in that plane and then we'll start hearing the whole story behind this. tamron, i think it's already interesting, i pointed this out to you and david, the critics are ld coming out saying we have allowed bill clinton to be used as a propaganda tool. john boulton, of course, who was the hardliner in the bush administration, saying that we are rewarding essentially north korea's bad behavior, and pointi
CBS
Aug 4, 2009 6:30pm EDT
jailed by north korea. and they're all heading home. i'm katie couric. also tonight, an emergency fill-up. senate leaders say they will provide the money to keep the cash for clunkers program running. and they're some of the most popular off road vehicles but are they safe? what an exclusive cbs news investigation discovers. >> oh, god! >> couric: good evening, everyone. the story was headline news today all over the country, an american president making a surprise trip to communist north korea. but it wasn't barack obama, it was bill clinton, the 42nd president, whose wife is normally the top diplomat in the family, was on a private mission to win the release of two american journalists and he did. euna lee and laura ling, arrested march 17, are free tonight and on their way home along with the former president. barry petersen is our asia correspondent. barry? >> reporter: good evening, katie. well, a special pardon freeing the journalists who were convicted of entering the country illegally came from north korea's top man himself, capping an extraordinary day of one-on-one diplomacy.
FOX News
Aug 4, 2009 6:00pm EDT
.ncicap.org--- bret: next on "special report, " bill clinton is expected to leave north korea with the two journalists who have been sentenced to ten years. now the cash for clunkers program, does the president want to take away your employer-provided health insurance? we report. you decide, and the push to do something about a dangerous trend that could be more deadly than drunken driving. all that, plus the fox all-stars, right here, right now. >> welcome to washington. i'm bret baier. former president bill clinton's surprise trip to north korea has resulted in the pardon of two journalists convicted of crimes against the communist nation. laura ling and union that ling had -- and euna lee had been sentenced to ten years of hard labor. instead, they are expected to get a ride home with bill clinton in comfort. >> u.s. officials said the plan to have former president bill clinton secure the release of the two american journalists was negotiated before he landed, and at the airport, he was greeted by north korea's top leaders, including its lead nuclear negotiator, but the white house insisted this wa
FOX News
Aug 4, 2009 7:00pm EDT
: american journalists held for months in north korea freed. what it means for them and relations with that country, and the ongoing conflict with iran. i'm shepard smith. the news starts now. the former president's goal -- free the two american women held prisoner. >> this obviously is a very sensitive topic. >> now, details on bill clinton's sitdown with the dear leader, kim jong il himself, plus questions about how all this came together. and the al gore connection. right now they're getting ready to leave north korea for a long-awaited reunion with their family. the two american journalists are now said to be safe and with former president clinton, who went to the communist country to try to win their release. there have been reports that plane has already taken off, but a source tells fox news the jet is still on the ground and expected to leave within the next 90 minutes or so it was just about four hours ago that north korea's official news agency reported the leader, kim jong il, granted a full parred to the reporters, euna lee and laura ling. their families released a sta
CNN
Aug 5, 2009 6:00am EDT
american journalists held in north korea are heading home. euna lee and laura ling are counting the seconds until they touch down in burbank, california. you will see their emotional reunion with their family right here on "american morning." it took star power. bill clinton swoop in to pyongyang yesterday and less than 24 hours was back on the plane with a journalist at his side. jill dougherty is live in washington. selma gutierrez is in burbank, california awaiting their aprooirival. we're also going to talk to christiane amanpour. we're hearing new details from the white house on how this thing came to pass. it took a number of weeks to put it together. >>> it's a fascinating back story to all of this and the details are beginning to come out, starting with the most immediate thing. the senior administration officials are saying that president obama did call the parents of laura ling and euna lee between 8:30 and 9:30 last night. they congratulated them. the good news is that they are in good health. also, in north korea, it turns out wanted bill clinton right from the beginning. and we
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 2:00pm EDT
're going back to the white house press briefing and they're talking about north korea right now. we'll listen in. >> the private mission that we weren't going to comment on while the former president was on the ground in north korea and as a result of that, i don't have anything more to add on this at this time. >> but you can understand why people can see this as a possible opening for more discussions with north korea. you understand why that's there? >> we -- this obviously is a very sensitive topic. we will hope to provide some more detail at a later point. our focus right now is on insuring the safety of two journalists that are in north korea right now. >> i hope you will take a second question then. >> more likely a third, but go ahead. >> it appears the unemployment rate where the president's going tomorrow indiana has worsened since the president was last there. why is the president going there and what do you hope for the trip? >> the unemployment rate has gotten worse in elkhart since the president was there in february. it's gotten -- i think you could probably count on
WHUT
Aug 4, 2009 7:00am EDT
." >> this is "world news today." , jonathan charles. former american president bill clinton flies in to north korea to try to negotiate the release of two u.s. journalists who were jailed. police detained four men who allegedly planned a third assault on an army base. arrests of three americans who crossed the border from iraq, entered illegally. the meeting for the first time in 20 years. the palestinian groups fought a comes up with a fresher approach to dealing with israel. also this hour -- >> on the wrong side of europe, condemned to death. >> ukraine's poor health. how the economic and political crisis is having a serious impact on the country house unlocked -- and the new film "9." is 7:00 a.m. in washington, midday in london, 8:00 p.m. in the p'yongyang. where there has been a surprising turn in the troubled relations between north korea and the united states. the former american president, bill clinton, has a ride in the north capitol to try to negotiate the release of two u.s. journalists who were sentenced to 12 years' hard labor. euna lee and orlin were jailed in june after being convic
CNN
Aug 4, 2009 1:00pm EDT
woman, kyra phillips, next in the "cnn newsroom." >>> north korea opens its doors to the bill clinton private citizen on a private mission to free two americans. incredible pictures from a secretive state. >>> general motors did it. chrysler did it. now detroit public schools may go where no school system has gone before. bankruptcy. we'll do the math. >>> and we'll talk trash with a couple who's sworn off garbage for a year. reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost, compost, compost. >>> hello, everyone, i'm kyra phillips, live at the cnn world headquarters in atlanta. you're live in the "cnn you're live in the "cnn newsroom." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> well, the world is talking about bill clinton's surprise trip to north korea, but now the whole world is asking what will he get and what did he come for? the 42nd president is trying to win the freedom of two american journalists who were captured in march and sentenced to years of hard labor. the white house insists that it's a solely private mission and denies clinton carries any message from president obama. cnn'
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 1:00pm EDT
david with yassar arafat and israel and clinton very reluctantly forewent -- did not go to north korea and regretted it a great deal afterwards. >> well, andrea, before we let you go, i have to ask you about the other clinton, hillary clinton in africa today. tell us about this visit, what she's trying to accomplish. >> this is her longest visit, her most ambitious visit. she's going to seven countries. she's taking on some tough issues. here in kenya, the most crushing issue is poverty, age, food problems, trade, a corrupt government, political instability. it hasn't been that long since 1,500 people died in ethnic rivalry and wars and battles after disputed election. so there were a lot of problems here in kenya. then she goes to south africa. while here, she will deal with the subject of terrorism and place a wreath at the embassy, which as you recall, 11 years ago, was bombed on this anniversary. so there is a threat, an increasing threat of al qaeda in the horn of africa, and that is something certainly on the minds of people traveling with her. >> well, plenty of issues to grappl
CBS
Aug 5, 2009 6:30pm EDT
>> couric: two american journalists jailed nearly five months in north korea back on u.s. soil. >> we could feel your love all the way in north korea. >> couric: tonight, bill clinton and the behind-the-scenes diplomacy that led to their freedom. i'm katie couric. also tonight, the police say no one could have stopped him. the chilling words of a man with a history of being rejected by woman before he murdered three and killed himself at a suburban pittsburgh gym. and it's an expensive procedure tens of thousands of americans have every year for back pain. now new research says it doesn't work. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with katie couric. >> couric: good evening, everyone. it was the reunion they could only dream about during the 140 days they spent behind bars in communist north korea. today, free and back home, laura ling and euna lee cried tears of joy and they hugged their families in burbank, california. their release came after a face-to-face meeting between former president bill clinton and north korean leader kim jong il. the white house
CBS
Aug 4, 2009 7:00pm EDT
north korea's top man himself, capping an extraordinary day of one-on-one diplomacy. within hours of his arrival, the former president did what few other world leaders past or present have ever done: met with north korea's leader kim jong il. a rare rolling out of the official red carpet, with pictures north korea quickly provided to the outside world and with claims already in dispute. the north says clinton courts youly conveyed a verbal message from president obama. the white house says not true, that clinton had no such message. indeed, u.s. officials insist this is a personal trip not official. one reason his plane had no markings. the mission successfully secured the freedom of both american journalists who allegedly crossed into north korea and, after a hasty trial, were sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. they were working for media company current t.v. co-owned by clinton's vice president al gore who reportedly asked clinton to go. ling's sister lisa ling, also a journalist, organized rallies for the women's release. >> that's why we are all out here tonight to ask for amnesty
MSNBC
Aug 5, 2009 1:00pm EDT
hours with kim jong-il. he is the highest ranking person to visit north korea, you know, in more than a decade. is that a possible breakthrough? >> well, we won't know. i mean that wasn't the purpose of it and it certainly is not anything worth counting on, because the obama administration has to deal with north korea going forward but i hope that north korea makes the right choice. i hope that they realize that we are sincere in our offer to have a different relationship with them if they are willing to move toward the full and verifiable denuclearization. and i think the entire world would welcome that change on their part. >> so there were talks between the united states and north korea? that's step. >> well, we do have some channels to talk with north korea and as the background briefing you received from high administration officials made clear overnight, when the message came us to from the young women themselves to their families, to former vice president gore and then to the administration, that sending my husband would be the best way to ensure their release. of course we too
ABC
Aug 4, 2009 3:05am EDT
♪ ♪ make it green, green, green ♪ to learn more, call... >> president clinton is in north korea this morning negotiating the release of laura ling and euna lease. >> it's been painful for the families. laura's sister lisa explains. >> my sister is my best friend. we both traveled all over the world. i don't think that there has been a single day we haven't spoken. i could be in the middle of the himalayas and she could be in the ukraine and we'll somehow manage to get a phone call out. so to not have been able to talk to her in months has been so hard for us. >> just walking through this neighborhood -- >> reporter: they haven't spoken because on march 17th laura ling and her colleagues were arrested and held by the north korean government, accuse of illegally crossing the border into that country. >> what is the reason they arrested you? >> they were details of date they were arrested were very vague. they were expected to be home two days later. so whatever happened that day, it was not their intention to cross the border. we don't know if they actually did, but if at any poi
HLN
Aug 4, 2009 6:00am EDT
with us. >>> a glimmer of hope for two americans held in north korea. some people think that the deal is already made. >>> plus is it over or not? we're going to tell you how long the cash for clunkers program may be able to sputter on. >>> and new signs in life in the nation's economy, why your new retirement may be getting better as we speak. >>> first, though, former president bill clinton has arrived this morning. he was met by high-ranking officials and a girl carrying flowers. laura ling and euna lee were sentenced to 12 year to prin after illegally cross the board. some say he's facing a delicate balancinging at. >>> he's going to face the same difficulty that the administration have been facing since these two women were caught. they want to keep the negotiations separate to everything else, separate to the nuclear issue. the north koreans because they're holding the two reporters and they're a trump card, they want everything as a package deal. >> some say president clinton wouldn't have gone without some sort of understanding for their release otherwise it would have been an
ABC
Aug 4, 2009 4:30am EDT
travels to north korea to bring two american reporters home. >>> are thousands more u.s. troops going to afghanistan? it was a question that was considered at a supersecret meeting this past weekend. >>> and rough flight. >> i woke up when my head hit the ceiling. >> a continental jetliner makes an emergency landing after hitting turbulence over the atlantic. hitting turbulence over the atlantic. dozens are injured. captions paid for by abc, inc. >>> good morning. thanks for joining us on this tuesday. we start with breaking news on the fate of two american journalists held in north korea. former president clinton has arrived on a surprise visit to north korea. >> mr. clinton is expected to return with laura ling and euna lee. >> reporter: good morning, vinita. it is an extraordinary trip that is being made by former president bill clinton. clinton's visit to korea as there's heightened tensions over the nuclear programs. he hopes to win the freedom of those american journalists, laura ling and euna lee. he was greeted by the country's vice president and the vice foreign minister, who
WHUT
Aug 4, 2009 6:30pm EDT
and north korea's kim jong-il. and reports say two jailed american journalists have been freed. australian police belief they have foiled a major terrorist plot. four suspects accuse of links with somali extremist. >> a woman goes on trial accused of dressing indies ently. she wore trousers in a restaurant. welcome to "bbc world news." broadcast to our viewers on pbs in america and around the globe. coming up later, what kind of policing do you call this? a new human rights report says too many of india's place are abusive and failing at their job. a hollywood actress takes send moo on the road. >> cinema is for everybody and everywhere. we are knowing how few opportunities there are for people to realize how incredibly wise cinema is. >> hello. a secretive come nist state with nuclear ambitions which has been playing fast and loose with the rest of the world. today they have been playing host to bill clinton, the most senior visitor in a decade. he met north korean leader, kim jong-il and secured a pardon for the journalists arrested. we have this report from washington. >> bill clinton a
CBS
Aug 5, 2009 4:30am EDT
north korea. >> i'm so happy. i'm so excited. i have not slept for three days now. >>> this is the cbs "morning news" for wednesday august 5th, 2009. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, thanks for joining us. >>> this morning, police in suburban pittsburgh are determining what caused a man to walk into an exercise club and begin shooting. four people are dead and nine wounded. he opened fire in a health club in a strip mall southwest of pittsburgh. we have the story. >>> the l.a. fitness center was packed with as many as 70 people when the trouble began. >> it sounded like someone was hitting a rack et ball. just echoing really loud in that room. everybody ditched and ran as fast as they could. that's all i heard. bang, bang, bang. >> reporter: witnesses say the gunman casually walked into the gym dressed in exercise clothes, strolled to the back of an aerobics class, took out two guns and opened fire. >> he did not say anything. he walked right to the rooms where the shootings occurred as if he knew exactly where he was going and pulled the guns out and started shooting. >> rep
PBS
Aug 4, 2009 5:00pm EDT
to north korea and wins the release of two american journalists but his talks with north korean leaders didn't stop there. >>> in australia, police say they have broken up a terrorist plot in which extremists plan to invade a military base and kill until they themselves are killed. we will tell you who they say is behind the threat. >>> in sudan, what this woman is doing is considered so scandalous that she's being put on trial, and could be flogged. we will tell you why. >>> and in germany, there is no ignoring the 800-pound gore ail in the womb, now when she is holding a brand-new baby. we will explain why this birth means so much. >>> from the world's leading reporters and analysts, here is what's happening from around the world. this is "worldfocus." made possible, in part, by the following funders -- >>> good evening, i'm martin savidge. there is major news out of north korea tonight. two american journalists, euna lee and laura ling, who were arrested in march while reporting along the border of china and north korea, have been pardoned. that announcement came late this afternoon
CNN
Aug 5, 2009 1:00am EDT
into north korea. the family did release a statement that reads, we are grateful for our government, president obama, secretary clin r clinton and the u.s. state department for their dedication and hard work on behalf of american citizens. we especially want to thank bill clinton for taking on an arduous mission and al gore for his tireless efforts to bring laura and euna home. they said they can't wait to hold euna and laura in their arms. also tonight, al gore's company whom the women worked for released this statement, current media saying thank you to the obama administration, praising bill clinton, saying their thoughts are with the families who have shown remarkable courage during the 140 days. the family should be back here early tomorrow morning. we're not sure if they're going to reunite here. they're fly into burbank, we heard today. so we'll try to see them and catch them at this point. >> do you know the last time they actually heard from either of these women? when was that? >> doug ling said the last time he heard from his daughter laura is ten days ago. there she is c
PBS
Aug 6, 2009 12:00am EDT
>> tonight on "worldfocus" -- >>> back home, as two american journalists freed by north korea enjoy an emotional homecoming, we ask, what did america have to give to get them back, and why is south korea concerned? >>> in iran, as police confronted protesters shouting death to the dictator, mahmoud ahmadinejad is sworn in as president nearly two months after his disputed elections triggered massive unrest. >>> while most of the world has moved on from the story of the battle by pakistani troops to oust the taliban from the swat valley, we check in on the humanitarian crisis it triggered and find it far from over. and in a reminder of the "people power" she inspired more than two decades ago. tens of thousands of filipinos turn out in manila to bid former president corazon aquino farewell. >>> from the world's leading reporters and analysts, here is what's happening from around the world. this is "worldfocus." made possible, in part, by the following funders -- >>> good evening, i'm martin savidge. >>> they had been detained for five months and faced 12 years in a north korean prison
NBC
Aug 5, 2009 6:00am EDT
extend the light rail in maryland. >> former president bill clinton is leaving north korea with a few more passengers on his plane than when he arrived. we will hear more on the happy homecoming and how the president managed their release. >> michael jackson fans might get a chance to see the final performance after death after all. >> and will you be able to dodge the storm class today -- storm clouds today? that answer is next. [captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- >> bid morning. >> thanks for joining us. -- good morning. >> thanks for joining us for a 11 news today. >> we have a very good chance, about 50% chance of scattered storms. not everyone will get the rain fall. but the storms could be intense if you are caught in them. 71 degrees at the airport. 80 degrees at ocean city. a high of 89 degrees-91 degrees. partly cloudy skies. the front makes its head way through here late this afternoon. more on all of that coming up in a bit. >> nothing weather-related at the moment. the afterno
FOX
Aug 5, 2009 7:00am EDT
at his role in the release and the relations with north korea. >>> and safety and service will decline on metro. that is the message from metro's general manager as he begged congress for money to solve metro's problems. >>> good morning. i'm allison seymour. >> and i'm steve chenevey. the date is august 5th, 2009. it is another muggy morning but a beautiful view of the washington monument this morning. >>> well get to weather in a moment. but first there is another story you'll be talking about at work today. an idol shocker, folks. paula abduhl saying she has quit the show, not coming back for next season. reps for fox and idol have confirmed this. how did they get to this. we'll share how paula broke the news and what a top idol producer has to say about it. >>> and we'll head out to redskins training camp and for another installment of dave versus dave and we'll find out who was the best kicker. and last year dave ross had progress in the kicking department. >> this one might be a clear winner today. >> we'll see. >>> and now straight up 7:00 and tony perkins has a look at the weat
NBC
Aug 5, 2009 7:00am EDT
/2 months in north korea are on their way back to the u.s. this morning an exclusive interview with secretary of state hillary clinton about their case, and how her husband negotiated their release. >>> and abdul out. it's official, paula abdul announces she is leaving "american idol" after eight seasons. and her bosses at fox are wishing her the best "today," and her bosses at fox are wishing her the best "today," wednesday, august 5th, 2009. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> and welcome to "today" on this wednesday mark. i'm meredith vieira, lester holt is in for matt lauer. he has made his way to the l.a. fitness center in bridgeville, pennsylvania, overnight, the scene of that tragic health club shooting. good morning to you, lester. >> meredith, good morning to you. this is about 13 miles southwest of pittsburgh. we can tell you the pittsburgh post-gazette is reporting this morning, at least quoting two sources who claim one of the victims was the ex-girlfriend of the shooter. the shooter, a member of this club, who apparently walked in about 8:00 last nigh
WHUT
Aug 5, 2009 7:00am EDT
in los angeles in the next hour. with him, american journalist detained by north korea. he secured their release tuesday following a meeting with the country's leader kim jong-il. senior sources say north korea indicated in advance they would free the journalist is mr. clinton made the visit. >> the two american journalists at the heart of what amounted to a mercy visit by former president bill clinton, months after sentenced to 12 years hard labor and north korea, laura ling and euna lee are on their way home, travel with the man looking to save them. they are on their way to los angeles where they will be united with their families. laura ling's father said he was overjoyed that his daughter was on her way home. >> i am so glad and all thankful to the prayers and thoughts of the people. i'm very thankful to the state department. very thankful for the government for doing all they can to gain the release. >> mr. clinton arrived in north korea tuesday with -- for a surprise meeting with kim jong- il. his mission to free the two journalists, giving jail sentence for illegally crossi
CNN
Aug 4, 2009 6:00am EDT
. a very dramatic moment. kiran? >> jill, it's john here. >> sorry, john. >> so you know, north korea is the king of quid pro quo. they don't do anything for nothing. how do you expect north korea could benefit from all of this? >> this is the other part of it is which is the administration has tried to keep the two things separate. the journalists on one side. the standoff of the nuclear part of north korea on the other side. the sanctions are growing, the world community is moving strongly to crack down on the north -- on the north's nuclear program and make those sanctions heard. so, the question would be, would north korea, if they were to release those journalists, they could score some points for say erasing some of that ferocious image that they've had recently with nuclear tests and missile firings, and what they would want is some type of negotiation in that direction. would that happen? would this just be the beginning of it? so you've got two stories playing out at the same time in a very dramatic fashion. >> watch this closely all day today. jill dougherty from washington.
ABC
Aug 5, 2009 3:05am EDT
were working on a documentary for current tv when they were arrested in north korea. >> later this morning they'll be reunited with family in california. in our american landscape coverage from our san francisco station kgo. >> it's been the worst time of my life and now i'm looking forward to the best time of my life. >> reporter: tonight family and friends of the american journal itss held captive in kneear getting ready to welcome them back home. laura ling and euna lee are in the air right now flying to southern california with former president clinton. >> lillian kim is in the newsroom with more on his role if their release. >> reporter: other high level diplomats were considered to go to north korea but bill clinton emerged as north korea's preferred choice and so he went. before his arrival, the former president had been assured he would be returning home with the two journalists. laura ling and euna lee began their journey home after nearly five months in a north korean prison. before boarding a california-bound plane, the two current tv journalists shook hands with
HLN
Aug 5, 2009 12:00pm EDT
>>> a moving, emotional return home for two american journalists held prisoner in north korea. what they're saying about their nearly 5-month or deal. >>> and a man opened fire at a health club killing three women and himself. >>> and taking a nice leisurely run down a highway. we'll tell you what happens when a car gets in the way. >>> the nightmare is over for two american journalists who have been held in north korea for four months. euna lee and laura ling there. euna lee there with her 4-year-old daughter who hasn't seen her in 140 days and not a dry eye in the place i should point out when they got off the plane. lynn looked overjoyed to see her parents and her sister lisa. lee was just overcome with emotion when she embraced her emotion and her daughter hannah. both women were arrested in north korea in march. they were charged with entering the country illegally and had been sentenced to 12 years of hard labor. former president clinton convinced kim jong-il to pardon them. >> 18 hours ago, euna lee and i were prisoners in north korea. we feared that at any moment we could be
MSNBC
Aug 4, 2009 9:00am EDT
bill clinton's own past with north korea, a big name, a big card to play. he almost went to north korea actually back in 2000, and of course, in a deal with them, a nuclear deal in 1994 that ultimately fell apart in 2003, but there's a history there and there's recent history, dylan, between his wife, hillary clinton, the secretary of state, in north korea. they had a war of words not long ago. she referred to north korea as something like a belligerent unruly child needing attention. "she is by no means intelligent, a funny lady" and adding "sometimes she looks like a primary schoolgirl and sometimes a pensioner going shopping." so no loss there but the feeling is by many experts is that bill clinton is somebody the north feels had shown them respect in the past, and would be a good messenger, a good envoy to try to get the release of these two journalists. >> jonathan capehart are you here? >> i'm here. >> what makes you feel bill clinton more qualified -- savannah just described that, why do you think the north koreans would be potentially be more willing to tolerate diplomacy by for
WETA
Aug 4, 2009 6:00pm EDT
have this report from waington. >> bill inton arrived in north korea in an unmard jet. he carried with him the hopes of ameriniplomacy in a very dangerous rner of the world. . clinton m kim jong-il, north korea's mysterio leer. it is an extordinary noment. there hasn'tbeen a visit to pyongyang by such a hh profile american in years. >> this obviouslys a vy seitive topic. we wilhope to provide some moreetail at a later point. >> aer the meeting, a sudden annocement. kijong-il ha issued a special pardon to the two imprisoned american journalists. they had been arreed on nort korea's border witchina in march. they are lauralinguna lee. they had been sentenced t12 years for spying. mr. clinton is expeed to flight out th them as soo as wednesday. mr. clinton would he learned much of kim's phycal and medicalstate. the nortkorean leader is ill and gaunt. he is said to have had a stroke. is there me at sake he? >> this could re lead to the resetting ofu.s.-north korea relationand possibly to the beginning of normization of u.s. and north kean relation this could be hu. >> nth korea's nucl
NBC
Aug 4, 2009 6:00pm EDT
in north korea.white house still won't call it official. but the former president is clearly on a mission blessed by the obama administration. hillary clinton, the secretary of straight, has been demanding that north korea release u.s. journalists laura ling and euna lee sentenced by the north koreans in june to 12 years for illegal entry. in a statement, their families said they're overjoyed and counting the seconds to hold laura and yuna in our arms. free position the two was the main mission, but talks were wide ranging. and clinton got a meeting with kim jong-il. when clinton was president, former president jimmy carter went to north korea hnd helped cut a nuclear weapons ban. the deal slowly fell apart. two months ago, the north tested a nuclear with that. can clinton help now? >> possibly he'll be back with a message that says they're ready to talk to us. that's about all we can expect. >> reporter: but the north koreans have notched a win. >> they're able to have a big missile test, a nuclear test, capture these two journalists and still got bill clinton to show up. you put it all
NBC
Aug 5, 2009 5:00am EDT
. >>> free at last. in just a matter of hours, two journalists freed from captivity in north korea will be back on american soil. >> they are flying to los angeles as we speak on a jet with former president bill clinton. he made a surprise visit to pyongyang to secure their release. brooke hart is live with more. >> reporter: good morning. it turns out the two journalists played a key role in their own release. sources say what they learned in custody led to a direct phone call and request from al gore to bill clinton who today is personally escorting the women home. these were the first pictures in months of journalists lauraling in green and euna lee in pink. free at last. the two boarded a private jet in north korea with former president bill clinton bound for california and the family reunion of their lives. >> i'm all excited and i'm looking forward to seeing her. we have been waiting for five months now. >> reporter: her family just a glimpse of their excitement. >> i can just see her smiling. that's good enough for me. >> reporter: they knew more good news was coming when pr
CBS
Aug 4, 2009 6:00pm EDT
the wheels in motion. >> reporter: on an unannounced yet high-profile trip to north korea, success for former president, bicllln,in toand two detained american journalists. after meeting with them, they pardoned them who were air forced on march 17, near the north korean china border and ordered their release. it's unclear what, if anything, north korea will receive in return, but some analysts say that the prestige of a visit from a former united states president may be enough. >> the connections and the history, all point to bill clinton being the right man at the right moment. >> i think it is highly unlikely he would go there without some signal from the north koreans in advance that this trip was going to be successful. >> ling and lee who worked for current tv were charged and convicted of illegal entry and so-called hostile acts, sentenced to 12 years in hard labor. in recent months, north korea, they have antagonized them with nuclear and missile tests. the white house press secretary, robert gibs, calls it a private mission and responded to criticism that a visit from a big name l
MSNBC
Aug 5, 2009 9:00am EDT
's going to north korea, and, you know, the talk was that you needed someone of stature, that perhaps president kim jong-il wanted someone of stature to hand the women over to, and clearly, he is one of a very few people with the united states who has that stature to be able to do that. >> yes. george lewis is live in los angeles at the hangar there, and, george, are you with us? i don't know if george is -- >> reporter: yeah, dylan, inside the hangar, just, you're whoing at the plane just outside the hangar. i'm just on the other side of the door and we're obviously awaiting president clinton and the freed journalists to come inside and have a few words with us. >> what is your sense, george, how those journalists will spend the next hour of their day? first hour back in america? >> well, we're being told that they're going to have a family reunion at home rather than here at the hangar. that they're going to have private time with the families and then maybe come out and talk to us later on in the afternoon. so we're going to have to wait and see. we don't -- they appear to be in fa
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